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Father 'tied up' honour case girl

Tulay Goren
Tulay's father allegedly disapproved of her relationship with Halil Unal

The mother of an alleged "honour killing" victim has told a court her husband tied the girl up a day before she is said to have been murdered.

Mehmet Goren, 49, denies murdering Tulay Goren, 15, from Woodford Green, north London, who went missing in 1999.

His wife Hanim Goren said she saw Tulay lying face down on her bedroom floor with her hands and feet bound.

Mr Goren said he tied the girl up "so that she doesn't run away again", Mrs Goren told the Old Bailey.

Mrs Goren, who is appearing for the prosecution, said Mr Goren tied up his daughter when she carried on seeing Halil Unal, of whom he disapproved.

She said Mr Goren was against the relationship because of religious differences and the fact that Mr Unal was 15 years older than Tulay.

Tulay had left the family to stay with Mr Unal but her parents brought her back to their London home on 6 January 1999, Mrs Goren said.

Later that day Mrs Goren returned home with another daughter Hatice, 13, to find her husband and his brother, Cuma Goren, sitting downstairs without Tulay.

Speaking through a Turkish interpreter, Mrs Goren told the court: "In the children's bedroom I saw Tulay lying on the floor face down. Her hands and her feet were tied up."

Artist impression of Hanim Goren giving evidence as Mehmet Goren watches
Tulay said, 'Mum, don't untie, I want to die'. In the meantime Mehmet had come from downstairs - 'Don't untie, don't touch, don't untie,' he said
Hanim Goren

Her daughter's hands were "a purple, black colour", Mrs Goren said, and she and Hatice tried to untie her.

"Tulay said, 'Mum, don't untie, I want to die'. In the meantime Mehmet had come from downstairs - 'Don't untie, don't touch, don't untie,' he said. Hatice and I were crying," she told the court.

After Mr Goren explained that he had tied Tulay up to stop her running away, Mrs Goren said the girl was untied.

The jury was told that the next day Mrs Goren made breakfast but Tulay did not want anything except tea. She tried to persuade her to have some cheese and bread.

Mrs Goren cried as she said: "Apparently these were the looks she looked at me in the eye for the last time."

Mr Goren said he wanted to stay on his own with Tulay as they had "things to talk about", Mrs Goren said.

He told their eight-year-old son Tuncay to kiss Tulay. Mrs Goren said: "(Mr Goren) said, 'This will be the last time you see each other.'"

She added: "They kissed each other. I took the children and went."

Mrs Goren was told to spend the night at Cuma Goren's house and the following morning her husband told her that Tulay had run away again.

Mehmet said to me, 'From now on she's gone. I disown her. She is not my child any more'
Hanim Goren

But she became suspicious about a deep cut on her husband's hand, which her husband claimed happened when he "slipped on something like a banana skin and fell on the ground".

Mrs Goren also noticed that two "big long" knives, a number of dustbin bags and a washing line were missing from the house.

She asked her husband about Tulay. "Mehmet said to me, 'From now on she's gone. I disown her. She is not my child any more. From now on we do not have four children any more. We will only have three children.'"

Mrs Goren also noticed that their garden had been dug up. Mr Goren told her he was planning to plant some onions, the court heard.

She also found stains on a shirt worn by Mr Goren the previous day but did not know whether they were blood, mud, food or drink stains.

Cuma Goren, 42, from Walthamstow, east London, and Tulay's other uncle Ali Goren, 55, from Walthamstow, also deny murdering her on 7 January 1999.

Mehmet Goren and his brothers also deny conspiring to murder Mr Unal between May 1998 and February 1999.

The trial continues.



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